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November is historically one of South Carolina’s driest months. But so little rain last month has caused a drought to develop in 34 counties in the state. Forestry officials say the Palmetto State is in the midst of wildfire season due to low humidity, dry weather and leaves on the ground. More: The Post and Courier, UPI, WBTW TV

In other headlines:

S.C. school reform bill killed by COVID after hitting strong crosswinds. Efforts to reform the classroom peaked just as a pandemic seized the world — people died, and students lost so much critical learning. Suddenly, the education policy everyone debated was whether students should have to wear face masks in school. More: The Post and Courier 

Biden pledges fight for voting rights, police reform in trip to S.C. President Joe Biden pledged to fight for voting rights and police reform legislation, addressing graduates of South Carolina State University in a trip to South Carolina Friday. More: Associated Press, The Post and Courier 

S.C. student mental health increasing school violence, experts say. Scenes of violence and threats have been increasingly playing out on school campuses across the Midlands, leaving parents and educators scrambling to find a solution. More: The State

New county park in the works for West Ashley. Charleston County Parks says it hopes to break ground within the year on a new county park that has been in the planning stages for years. More: WCSC TV

North Charleston reconsiders short-term vacation rental policy. South Carolina’s third-largest city is reconsidering its policy around short-term rentals after its first proposal got pushback for being too restrictive. More: The Post and Courier 

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